Georgia Magazine - March 2021 - 16

GEORGIA WOMEN
of Achievement

Honoring our state's female trailblazers

By Jackie Kennedy

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Georgia Magazine

March 2021

JIMMY CARTER PRESIDDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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esigned to honor great women and inspire
others, the Georgia Women's Hall of Fame
has nearly 100 inductees, including
artists, authors, scientists, educators, politicians
and athletes.
The hall of fame is a function of the Georgia
Women of Achievement (GWA) organization, and
new honorees are added each March in celebration of Women's History Month. The 2021 class of
honorees is Ruby Anderson, of Athens, first teacher
selected to the Georgia Teachers Hall of Fame; Mary
Givens Bryan, of Atlanta, who served as Georgia's
head archivist; Laura Pope Forester, of Cairo, a
nationally known folk artist; and Allie Murray Smith,
of Plains, who was active in local and national
affairs and was the mother of former first lady
Rosalynn Carter.
Carter was the first to suggest an organization
to recognize the state's most distinguished women.
After she learned of a similar venture in Alabama, a
committee was formed to pursue the idea, and the
Georgia Women of Achievement was founded. The
first inductees to the Georgia Women's Hall of Fame
in 1992 were Berry College founder Martha Berry;
Lucy Craft Laney, founder of Haines Normal and
Industrial Institute in Augusta; Juliette Gordon Low,
founder of the Girl Scouts; microbiologist Sara
Branham Matthews; and author Flannery O'Connor.
Penny Elkins serves as president of the GWA's
board of trustees, a volunteer board consisting of
leaders from throughout Georgia.

Rosalynn Carter with her mother, Allie Smith, a 2021
honoree in the Georgia Women's Hall of Fame.

" We're an all-volunteer board with no professional staff support, " Elkins says. " This is a mission of
the heart for us. We're so thrilled that we can honor
women of the past who were trailblazers in their respective fields, and, even more importantly, it gives
us an opportunity to inspire future leaders. "
While there's no physical " hall " for the Georgia
Women's Hall of Fame, it lives online at the GWA
website: georgiawomen.org.


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